It’s been a long, hard hiatus since Candice Glover was crowned the winner of American Idol Season 12. Thankfully, our favorite music competition returned tonight (January 15), and we met a whole new crop of hopefuls looking to become the country’s next big superstar!

Kicking off the latest tour of the United States, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and new judge Harry Connick Jr. headed for Austin, Texas and Boston, Massachusetts. (Of course, Ryan Seacrest was also there to provide much-needed commentary.)

It’s in Austin where the judges meet Savion Wright, a guy who’s wanted to audition for Idol for eight years, but only now convinced himself to come. He makes a bold move by performing an original song while playing the guitar and the judges aren’t impressed.

Just kidding! They only pretend to not want to send him through to Hollywood. Savion clearly has a gift.

“What’s great about you is that you perform with everything,” Keith says. “Everything is happening. You can’t look away.”

What do you think of Savion’s performance? Will he make it to the Top 31? Read our spoilers here!